Responsible Supply Chains

Respecting human rights and driving growth responsibly

The impacts of our business go far beyond our people, premises and vehicles. And our obligations do too. We believe that everyone is entitled to safe and decent work. Our unique sourcing and auditing function based in Shanghai allows us to have a thorough level of oversight over our supply chain.

This is a competitive advantage in our industry, with our 50-strong team regularly auditing direct suppliers to ensure that the products they manufacture are of the highest quality and they are treating their employees fairly.

Our Commitments

Taking further action in our supply chain

Today – our supply chain in Asia is currently covered by direct auditing and assurance practices. Having a global supply chain comes with responsibilities – to protect communities, the workers’ rights, and quality assurance and quality control on products.

Tomorrow – expanding our programme to ensure products from all high-risk regions are sourced from assessed and complaint suppliers by 2025.

Beyond – continuing to take a proactive, risk-based approach to responsible sourcing, identifying common issues in our supply chain and working closely with suppliers to reduce the future incidences of these.

Our areas of focus and progress

Auditing our supply chain – we and our customers expect the highest quality and labour standards for the products we provide. The audit process is our first line of defence to prevent unethical behaviour and defective products.

Product stewardship – we respect all legal requirements regarding raw materials and manufacturing processes that are relevant to our product range.

Respecting human rights – this means building solid and lasting relationships with our suppliers, providing them with support and guidance as well as monitoring their social performance. Bunzl has zero tolerance for unethical behaviour.

Driving broad-based growth – we consider our suppliers to be our partners and strive for them to feel the same about us.

Reliability is at the heart of what Bunzl does.